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  • The Inner Level

  • How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing
  • By: Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In The Spirit Level Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett put inequality at the centre of public debate by showing conclusively that less equal societies fare worse than more equal ones across everything from education to life expectancy. The Inner Level now explains how inequality affects us individually, how it alters how we think, feel and behave. It sets out the overwhelming evidence that material inequalities have powerful psychological effects: when the gap between rich and poor increases, so does the tendency to define and value ourselves and others in terms of superiority and inferiority. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Reading for the Privileged Classes

  • By chimene on 15-11-2018

Essential Reading for the Privileged Classes

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-2018

Drawing on countless peer reviewed studies, Wilkinson and Pickett folllow on from The Spirit Level with analysis that illuminates the causes of poor social outcomes. I love the way that this marvellous work validates what we all instinctively know to be true - that inequity creates suffering and the greater the gap in the income ratio, the more extreme the misery.

Encouraging a compassionate and unjudgemental world view, the Inner Level shows that all of us are moulded by our economic reality. It emphasises the likelihood that we follow the dominant modes of behaviour embedded at each layer of the economic order. A modern take on the idea that 'there but for the grace of God go I' - the Inner Level carries an urgent message to society to rein in income disparity and embrace community-centred economics before we reach a tipping point of neo-feudal oppression.

  • Origin Story

  • A Big History of Everything
  • By: David Christian
  • Narrated by: Jamie Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day - and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History", the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Christian Maccarone on 03-11-2018

Absolutely crucial reading

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Reviewed: 15-11-2018

How I wish this book could be adapted to become a core text in secondary schools so that young people could develop a fascination with our evolutionary origins and make sense of their own place in our extraordinary universe. The work is an absorbing new story of humanity that places us in the context of the ecosphere avoiding speciesist generalisations. I love the way the author talks of human intelligence to refer to the special linguistic gift of humankind whilst fully acknowledging animal intelligence and the complex wonder of organisms. Really enjoyed the narration too....

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  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

  • Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing
  • By: David A. Treleaven, Willoughby Britton
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

From elementary schools to psychotherapy offices, mindfulness meditation is an increasingly mainstream practice. At the same time, trauma remains a fact of life. Drawing on a decade of research and clinical experience, psychotherapist and educator David Treleaven shows that mindfulness meditation - practiced without an awareness of trauma - can exacerbate symptoms of traumatic stress. This raises a crucial question: How can we minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trauma revisited for the 21st century

  • By chimene on 09-10-2018

Trauma revisited for the 21st century

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2018

Certainly one of the most intelligent books on trauma I have read to date. The particular emphasis on how the blythe use of mindfulness can be inappropriate and damaging in the hands of inexperienced therapists.

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  • The Pema Chodron Audio Collection

  • By: Pema Chodron
  • Narrated by: Pema Chodron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Pema Chodron, one of the West's most beloved teachers of Buddhism, makes the Tibetan vajrayana tradition accessible in today's world. Now three of her most popular teachings are available in one audiobook set.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST LISTEN

  • By Zencat on 14-10-2015

Big Sky teachings

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-2018

If you could sum up The Pema Chodron Audio Collection in three words, what would they be?

Fresh, accessible - wise

What did you like best about this story?

We so need to drink in and think upon the ease and humour of these ancient teachings served up in simple, contemporary language.

What about Pema Chodron’s performance did you like?

Pema Chodron becomes your best friend, your wise confidante, your spiritual sister.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Conversations with a master, a boddhisatva of the highest order, a woman with a gift for communicating complex and subtle ideas in delightful, pithy language.

Any additional comments?

Magic, there is magic in the world of experience that Pema Chodron opens up for all with the time to listen, with the intention to add to what peace there is within ourselves and within the dynamic, ever-changing world of Samsara.

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By Simon Webster on 30-07-2015

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-04-2017

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Pinker's tome trudges the layways, highways and byways of history to shine light on a path that appears to lead always upward. Flying ever in the face of the popular misconception that the contemporary world is tumbling into a Gotham City scale abyss of crime and destruction, Steven Pinker outlines an arc of growing redemption for our kind

What other book might you compare The Better Angels of Our Nature to, and why?

Similar in tone to the recent works of historian Yuval Noah Harari, The Better Angels of Our Nature outstrips his contemporaries in its display of exhaustive research and rigorous analysis.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Pinker makes the freshest theories of criminology and sociology comprehensible and directly applicable to the theme of reduction in violence. Employing ideas of 'self-help justice' among marginalized groups, his assessment of the causes of conflict is both enlightening and astute.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The detailed study of a disturbing array of sadistic punishments employed throughout the ages by our species made for moments of nausea and disgust, nevertheless, the events related are neither gratuitous nor sensationalized.

Any additional comments?

This is an extraordinary work that reveals a life-time's commitment to truth rather than assumption. The author has taken a flow specimen at every bend in the river of human history to examine whether the discharge shows a greater or lesser propensity for fatal toxicity. The conclusions he comes to give reason for cautious optimism as well as motivation to redouble our efforts as a society to value the life of all beings.

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  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it, especially earlier on.

  • By Paul on 09-07-2016

Riveting Romp through History

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-2017

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Andrew Marr has managed to blend the microscopic with the macroscopic in this fascinating and compassionate work on the history of our world.

What did you like best about this story?

I was engrossed by the up-closeness of the narrative style particularly the way Marr gets under the skin of both the characters and the times that inform our human journey.

What does Andrew Marr and David Timson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator's tone draws out the quirks and humour of Marr's anecdotes so that as a listener I felt I was in the presence of a masterful story-teller.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The huge scope of this work makes listening in one sitting impossible - although perfect perhaps for a long train ride or tedious bus journey.

Any additional comments?

Andrew Marr excels at weaving the threads of history into a Bayeux- like tapestry of colour, line, texture and form while at the same time bring a wise, incisive order to history's ever-changing tableaux.

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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,878
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,852

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

MATERIALIST VIEW OF HUMAN HISTORY

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-2016

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

While recommending this to readers as a fascinating meander through human history, Sapiens follows narrow, materialist conventions. Perkin's makes no attempt to pursue millennial concepts of the nature of human awareness. This dates the work prematurely.

What did you like best about this story?

The book is elegantly crafted and the ideas are easy to assimilate.

Any additional comments?

Rigorous and articulate without being high-brow.